This article is based on an expert interview with Kelli Miller, LCSW, MSW, conducted by wikiHow Staff Editors. Kelli Miller is a Psychotherapist, Author, and TV/radio host based in Los Angeles, California. Kelli is currently in private practice and specializes in individual and couples' relationships, depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, parenting, and more. Kelli also facilitates groups for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction as well as anger management groups. As an author, she received a Next Generation Indie Book Award for her book "Thriving with ADHD: A Workbook for Kids" and also wrote "Professor Kelli's Guide to Finding a Husband". Kelli was a host on LA Talk Radio, a relationship expert for The Examiner, and speaks globally. You can also see her work on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellibmiller, Instagram @kellimillertherapy, and her website: www.kellimillertherapy.com. She received her MSW (Masters of Social Work) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Sociology/Health from the University of Florida.
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Communication is the cornerstone of long distance relationships. While being apart from your partner can be hard, you can continue to successfully communicate with a few tips from Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kelli Miller. By scheduling time to see each other and evaluating the relationship together on a regular basis, you can stay proactive before any issues arise.
- Schedule specific times on your calendar when you’ll get to see each other.
- Continuously evaluate how you’re both feeling and what’s working and not working in the relationship.
- Come together and address what’s not working before any issues develop.
I suggest putting the time to see each other on the calendar. It's important to have something to look forward to. Next, you should continuously evaluate how you're both feeling. You have to consider what's working well in the relationship, what's not working, and come together on how to fix it. A lot of times we're scared to have these conversations because they feel so big and scary, but it's important to be proactive before issues happen.